SOme dear friends of ours invited us over one evening to pick some remaining grapes on their vines. They new our little vines didn't produce anything this year ( we have high hopes for next year). Not only did we walk away with 10 gallons of the sweetest muscadine grapes you have ever tasted, but Uncle Bunky ( everyone calls him that) made us homemade ice cream on top of it! Made for a wonderful evening.. we just love them both to bits!
But 5 gallons of grapes meant having to process them.... and a chance to use our latest gadget:
This is our steam juicer.. and boy do we love it. I would hate to have to do the juice by crushing them with my feet ........ just kidding..
... we ended up right at 5 gallons of juice.... SOme of it will be made into jelly and the rest has been canned.
This was so easy to do.
1. Process the grapes in the steamer. While the grapes are steaming prepare your jars , lids and water bath canner.
2. as soon as the juice starts coming into the tube drain off the first pint or so and pour it back into the steamer. This sterlizes the drain tube. Then continue to filling your sterilized jars with juice to a 1/2 inch of head space, wipe the rim , add a hot lid and ring.
3. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. allow to cool.
After 24 hours check seals, remove rings , wipe jars and write the contents and the date of the lid...
I must confess we added a 1/4 cup of evaporated cane juice per gallon. Steaming takes a bit of the sweetness out of the grapes and we like a sweet juice.
.... It is soooooooooo good!
and now a gratuitous photo of the only pumpkin we have this year that has not been the victim of a squash borer........
I cringe a bit thinking of eating him since I haved babied him so... ahh well...
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified;
do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
The grapes reminded me of the Bible story of the 12 spies....
The Twelve Spies
* God told Moses to send men to spy out the land of Canaan.
He told him to send a man from
each tribe. Twelve men were sent. They were to find out about the land and the people in the
land. Moses said to find out if the people were strong or weak. Did they live in cities or in camps?
He wanted to know what the fruit of the land was like, and if they had forests or not. He asked
them to bring back some of the fruit that was ripe.
* The men went into the land and found that it really was a good
land. The grapes were so big
that it took two men to carry a cluster of them on a pole between them. But the people there
were very big and tall, and the spies were afraid of them. They were gone for 40 days.
* When they returned to their own camp, they showed Moses the
good fruit they had found
in the land. Ten of the men began to tell about the giants and how fearful they were of them.
They told of large cities with high walls around them. "We cannot go into this land," they said.
"We were just like grasshoppers in our own sight, and also in the sight of the people there."
* Two men; Caleb and Joshua said, "Let us go up at once and take
possession, for we are
able to overcome it."
* The Israelites didn't want to go and take Canaan as God had
wanted. God punished them
by making them wander in the desert for 40 years. They had to wander around one year
for every day the spies had been gone.
* Of the twelve men, only Joshua and Caleb got to go into Canaan.
.... Have a fine day...........all day long!